ATLANTA- In the weeks leading up to the 2019 season we will honor and highlight one of our three seniors. This week’s spotlight is on Sydney Stroud

Sydney Stroud is an outside and right side hitter from Madison, Wis. Before moving to Atlanta, Stroud held an impressive high school career at James Madison Memorial. Her senior season she led the team with 309 kills. She was named the Team MVP. An overall athlete, Stroud also earned honors playing soccer, basketball, and track and field.

Stroud made an immediate impact making seven starts her freshman year. She totaled 75 kills in 63 sets. She proved to be a defensive threat as well with 28 recorded digs and 19 total blocks. 

During her sophomore campaign, the Wisconsin native saw action in all 29 matches. Stroud recorded double digit kills in 12 matches including a career high 20 kills in the win against Charleston Southern on Sept. 1. She finished second team on the team in kills with 256. By the end of the season she accounted for 276.5 points.  

In her third season in a Panthers uniform Stroud was one of two players on the team to record over 100 digs and kills. She finished second on the team in kills (234), kills per set (2.46), and blocks (72). Stroud proved to be an increased defensive threat recording double-digit digs in four matches. She finished in the top ten in the Sun Belt with .98 blocks per set in conference play and notched a career high nine blocks on Oct. 13 against Troy. 

“Sydney is a true leader, always putting her team first and doing everything the right way,” said head coach Sally Polhamus. “Her work ethic is relentless. She is truly a driven athlete.”

Stroud was named to the Dean’s List after both semesters in 2017. In the Spring of 2018 she was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. This past Spring semester she was named to the President’s List. 

“Playing volleyball at Georgia State has been an unforgettable experience,” marked Stroud when asked to talk about her collegiate career. “Having the opportunity to play under coach Sally Polhamus has taught me life long lessons. I wouldn’t trade my time here for the world.” 

Stroud is focused on leading the Panthers to a deep run in the Sun Belt Tournament and leaving a lasting impact on the team. After graduation, she plans on either playing overseas or entering the sports marketing field. 

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